The celebrated artist was known for his socially conscious reggae anthems.
Following a short illness, Nigerian musician Ras Kimono, passed away yesterday morning, reports CNN Africa. He was 60.
The multiple award-winning artist was a celebrated figure within the Nigerian music industry, known for producing music that addressed the country's social ills.
Born Ukeleke Elumelu Onwubuya, the artists, along with his band Massive Dread, rose to fame in 1989 following the release of his debut album "Under Pressure." Other notable hits include "We No Wan," and "Rub A Dub." He was also known for his popular anti-apartheid anthem "Kill Apartheid."
Ras Kimono's music was greatly influenced by the poverty, inequality and hardship he witnessed in his early life. H… https://t.co/RuOHkKnZs8— NG to the World (@NG to the World)1528662740.0
"Ras Kimono made an immeasurable contribution in the field of arts. He used music for political awakening. He was not a praise singer for the establishment. His songs were for the poor and for his country. Adieu," wrote Senator Sheu Sani. Many Nigerians have been sharing warm memories of the singer all morning.
Sad to hear about the death of Ras Kimono. A legend and one who made our childhood so much fun. May his soul Rest In Peace.— Reno Omokri (@Reno Omokri)1528647859.0
Legendary Nigerian reggae artiste Ukeleke Onwubuya, better known by his stage name #RasKimono, has passed on after… https://t.co/G9JfAhJ7Hd— #UptownReggaeInvasion (@#UptownReggaeInvasion)1528646068.0
A legend has gone home. Ras Kimono at Felabration 2016. May His Soul Rest in Peace. https://t.co/E65ZMsFJad— Felabration (@Felabration)1528711353.0
I feel so sad hearing about the death of reggae legend, Ras Kimono. He redefined the face of music and there will b… https://t.co/LuNlYVAV3M— Ben Murray-Bruce (@Ben Murray-Bruce)1528646738.0
A man who dedicated his life to making good music, Farewell Ras Kimono. You will live forever in our hearts. 💔— Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt (@Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt)1528653252.0
Rest gentle big man with the quick laugh. Thank you for the music. #RasKimono https://t.co/SeqAzZqeVP— Funmi Iyanda (@Funmi Iyanda)1528646544.0